Nimbin skaters ready to roll
IN OCTOBER 2009, then-14-year-old Connor Anderson addressed Lismore City councillors on behalf of Nimbin's youth asking for help in building a skate park for their village.
On Saturday, the fence around his dream will come down and his mates and many others will officially skateboard in the new park for the first time.
“Even though it's not quite finished, now that the concrete is poured and it's taking form we are really excited that we are going to be skating it. It's a reality now,” Connor, who helped with the design, said.
“It has bigger features than the one at Goonellabah and because it has the snake run, it's probably going to be packed every day.”
With the final concrete pour of the last bowl – there will be three in total, plus a street course and snake run – due today, Saturday's “soft” opening will be celebrated with a barbecue at 11.30am.
Construction of the skate park has been a priority for Lismore City Council after the controversial metal skate park proved too noisy.
“I'm very excited about the fence coming down on Saturday,” Mayor Jenny Dowell said.
“I know the young skaters of Nimbin will be very pleased to have the skate park available for a test run during the school holidays.”
Connor's mother, Laurelli Anderson, wholeheartedly agrees and is full of praise for council.
“It will be good for Connor and his friends to have something to do.
"This park is so unique, much like Nimbin, and as word spreads people will come from all around to ride it,” she said.
Indeed, the park is so unusual Gold Coast-based builder Bob Lewers, who has built numerous skate parks, describes it as one of the best in Australia.
After all the problems with the previous skate park, now in the yard of a local resident, and weather delays in the construction of the new park, it's not a bad birthday present for Connor, who turned 16 yesterday.